Marcus Brandon Coverage
Few women, Latinos in General Assembly
Women make up half of North Carolina's population but occupy only 22 percent of seats in the statehouse. Meanwhile, only one lawmaker identifies himself as Hispanic, despite the growing number of Latinos in North Carolina.
House adds discrimination protections to charter bill
The state House voted to add a non-discrimination clause to a broader charter school bill Thursday after a debate about gay and lesbian students caused a outcry earlier this week.
Groups set up unemployment reform debate
The Chamber of Commerce and other business groups are pushing a sweeping remake of unemployment insurance laws. Democrats and members of the Urban League say lawmakers need to avoid "cutting workers off at the knees."